School’s Wish Comes True as SIC Organises Motorsports Convoy for their Carnival Day
GEMAS, 27 August 2016 – The old adage - you never know till you ask, has proved true for the Principal of SMK Gemas in Negeri Sembilan. In March this year, Puan Siti A’isyah Sandra Abdullah wrote in to Sepang International Circuit to ask for the SIC Zoomers to make an appearance to raise funds at the school’s Carnival Day this year.
SIC did one better. As part of their corporate responsibility initiative and an effort to bring motorsports fever to the masses, SIC roped in The Lamborghini Club Malaysia and Desmo Owners Club Malaysia.  Both groups joined the SIC Zoomers convoy to thrill students, teachers, staff and visitors at the SMK Gemas Carnival Day 2016. The convoy that visited the school on 27 August also included a Formula Masters car display, bringing race fever in full force to the school. The Gemas community were delighted to find out more about motorsports, and how it could be accessible to Malaysians of all backgrounds.
The two-day carnival on 26 and 27 August was officiated by YB Dato’ Abd Razak Ab Said, Negeri Sembilan State Exco Member and Assemblyman for Gemas. The event was part of the school’s efforts to raise funds to upgrade their ICT and AV equipment, in order to bring the school’s teaching and learning infrastructure to the level of a 21st Century classroom – and to improve their overall examination results.
Sepang International Circuit’s Chief Executive Officer, Dato’ Razlan Razali said, “When we got the request, we knew we had to support schools as this. They were taking the initiative to obtain equipment that some of us may take for granted – which others may find costly to upgrade. Technology moves very fast, and it is important for teachers and students to have access to the latest technology tools for a better education process, so we are glad to be part of this effort.”
“Moreover, we found out that many of these kids have not had the opportunity to experience motorsports events. In conjunction with the upcoming F1 Malaysia Grand Prix and Malaysia MotoGP, we wanted to give them and the Gemas community a chance to see big bikes, supercars, and a Formula car up close. We believe motorsports in Malaysia is a national passion on par with other sports, so we decided to give these children and the people of Gemas a closer look at the thrill of motorsports. Who knows, with sufficient interest and passion and the right circumstances, a student here could in the future build a career in the motorsports industry,” he added.
Among the many activities lined-up over the two days, the SIC Zoomers convoy was a key highlight for students and visitors. They were eagerly looking forward to the display and the fun and games that were organised by the SIC Zoomers - SIC’s on-ground activation team. Students and teachers alike did not fail to take selfies with the SIC Grid Girls and with the display of cars and bikes.
“We wanted a wow factor to attract the public to our carnival to help us raise funds. We’re glad we took a chance by asking SIC to bring motorsports to Gemas and we were thrilled when they agreed,” said Puan Siti A’isyah.
SMK Gemas’ fundraising efforts aim to give their 650 students access to newer technology that will help with their day-to-day learning that most schools take for granted. During the visit, the Lamborghini Club Malaysia’s members also presented a donation to SMK Gemas to help the school achieve their goals.
SIC’s participation in SMK Gemas’ fundraising carnival was in line with both the National Day and the upcoming Month of Motorsports, where both the FORMULA 1 PETRONAS MALAYSIA GRAND PRIX and the Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix 2016 are held within the span of less than a month, taking place from 30 September to 2 October 2016 and from 28 to 30 October 2016 respectively.
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